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I'll try to explain myself more with the scores I wasn't a big fan of. I really like a lot of Gears of War 3. It has a lot of faster paced, melodic action cues, and the cues from Gears of War 2 are improved. Its main problem is it's not very memorable, which Jablonsky is usually able to produce. <br><br>Ender's Game I found to be a bit of a slog. There was a lot of ambient/sound design cues which I found incredibly dull. However, it's possible I was expecting too much, or maybe I was too harsh on it. I'll try to have another listen to that one. <br><br>Gangster Squad was one where I just looked at the comments to see what people thought about it, and the consensus was "it copied every recent Hollywood score", so I just skipped that one. <br><br>TF3 had a lot of good thematic material, and the finale's action music was a lot of fun, but it lacks the memorability and excitement of the first 2, or the subtlety of 5, making it fall in the middle for me. Plus the Inception sound was pretty annoying. <br><br>Gears of War 2 falls into mediocre for me. The main theme is solid, but the action is repetitive and doesn't have much variation. Plus it also wasn't very memorable. It's basically a worse version of Gears 3 to me. <br><br>Transformers 1 and 2 don't really count to me because those were more an RCP effort than a Jablonsky one. Just to clarify, I don't hate that Jablonsky went down this route. I first learned of his existence through the Transformers scores for god's sake. It's just that listening to Steamboy, it makes me sad there wasn't more of this side of Jablonsky. Oh, and honorable mention to TMNT: Out of the Shadows, that was a great superhero score!Gangster Squad was Ok, but i prefer Ender's Game, actually the sound design in that i find it certain interesting.<br><br>In Battleship, yeah, it's nothing original, but for me, is a guilty pleasure, i love the percussion (i'm a big fan of the taiko sound)<br><br>Ender’s Game isn’t bad at all, there are some cool power anthems and orchestral moments in it. As for Battleship, while I find most of it generic, I genuinely do like the alien “MRI” sound design he incorporated.<br><br>And one of Jablonsky’s most underrated scores imo is Gangster Squad. If you want a fun Jablonsky score that strays away (mostly) from the Zimmer sound that’s it. Any score using Antz as a temp track is fine by me!I will disagree with TF3, Ender's Game, Gears of War 2 and 3, there are good scores, altough i'm a massive fan of that guilty pleasure is Battleship ;D<br><br>And A Nightmare on Elm Street was cool.John Powell to receive Henry Mancini Award. <br><br>Look it up at filmmusicreporter.<br><br>Congrats John
Edmund's right. It's really just sad that Jablonsky could have been one of the greatest composers ever, one with more notoriety and respect from the music community, but instead settled for being... a decent composer.<br><br>TF5 was a step in the right direction, D-War was a great monster movie score, Your Highness came close to Steamboy levels, and IDEA felt like Jablonsky's symphony in a lot of ways. But on the other end you have Ender's Game, Transformers 3 and 4, Battleship, Gears of War 2, Gears of War: Judgement, and a few others that range from ok, to flat out awful. Occasionally though you get some decent ones like Gears of War 3, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.<br><br>My point is, we get a composer overridden with bland projects, and musically inept directors, when he had the potential for being Oscar level.This just occurred to me. 1:44-2:10ish in Remember Who You Are kind of sounds like part of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus...and we know Hans is a fan of that piece...@mpolonest: I'm the opposite side: BvS grown each time i listened.<br><br>Not the same for MoS ;D@DS<br><br>You are absolutely right, and it was something that I did think about while I was writing the post, I just never clarified it. <br><br>But that also has the opposite effect as well. I've had plenty of scores/songs which originally I liked that I gradually grew to dislike or simply lose interest. One of the most recent ones is BvS, which I enjoyed when it came out but looking back is probably one of my least favorite Zimmer scores.@Edmund @Ds totally agree! This days the only composer that convince me is Steven Price.
Is there a Balfe score that is not very temped? Every single Balfe score I listened to is basically giving an old score a fresh set of paint.mpolonest123: it's difficult to compare scores that are 10 years old and that you had plenty of time to digest, with brand new scores you've only heard a couple of times.<br><br>You said it yourself, when Clash of the Titans came out you thought it was generic and forgettable. It's only later that you noticed all these themes and all the work Djawadi put into it.<br><br>And actually it works like that with any new album released by any major artist. Fans are always like "it sucks, I prefer their previous albums". And yet 5 years later they love all these songs and know them by heart. :-pEdmund: I see your point, and if everyone could become 100% objective it would be actually true. But in practice, our personal tastes play a heavy role in deciding whether a score is interesting or fun or creative or intelligent or enjoyable. Some people like very classical, orchestral music more than anything else; even if JXL was creating the craziest soundtrack ever, his sound palette and synthetic approach alone would be enough to make these people dislike the score and say it's rubbish. The level of detail he put in Tomb Raider is astonishing, but sadly it'll only be noticed by people who are not upset by this style of brutal and synthetic environment. Of course it also works the other way, dry orchestral scores like Giacchino frequently writes do nothing to me, I don't particularly like this kind of sound, so I never spent a lot of time listening to them. As a consequence, I never was able to dissect them to discover all their (I guess) richness, subtleties, etc. So from my point of view, almost all Giacchino scores sound the same way and are not interesting, and I don't understand how and why he keeps getting all those major assignments. That's to say, our personal preferences will always interfere with our judgment, even if we honestly try to be fair.I feel like I see/have this kind of conversation on film music boards all the time. The approach isn't the problem, it's the execution. For example, when Man of Steel came out:<br><br>me: "I'm a bit disappointed by Man of Steel, it has its moments but I don't think it's a very good score overall"<br>fanboys: "JOHN WILLIAMS WAS YESTERDAY, ZIMMER IS TODAY, THIS IS A DIFFERENT SUPERMAN BLAH BLAH BLAH GET OVER IT"<br>me: "...did I mention Williams?"<br><br>or else Mad Max: Fury Road<br><br>me: "Mad Max is a decent score but I feel like the film deserved much more"<br>fanboys: "THERE'S LITERALLY A DUDE ON A DRUM CAR WITH A FLAMETHROWER GUITAR WHAT DID YOU EXPECT"<br>me: "...a composer who does more interesting things with those drums and that guitar?"<br><br>All over the place. It was really aggravating. This is a similar situation A talented film composer can write interesting, engaging music in all sorts of styles, for all sorts of films and under all sorts of directorial conditions. My issue with Tomb Raider isn't that it's not a traditional Jerry Goldsmith adventure score. I never expected that from this film, and certainly not from this composer. It's just not a very interesting or intelligent or enjoyable version of what it's trying to be, and that's the bottom line.@mrzimmerfan <br><br>I completely agree with you. Tomb Raider definitely didn’t need a traditional score at all. And I love all the scores you’ve mentioned. I even don’t have a problem with the approach he took.<br><br>But I just don’t like the score as is. We just have to agree to disagree, no harm done. :-)
I don't think he means that, just that it would have been interesting if Jablonsky had gone more into animated movies like Powell did, rather than mostly Michael Bay. I think maybe we got a hint of what that could have been like with Your Highness a few years ago, a score I'll always defend, but yeah...the lack of follow-up to Steamboy is a great tragedy in Jablonsky's career.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.I don't think Jablonsky is going to be a new John Powell ;)<br><br>But this one of his most notable efforts, i will said that.This is feels like a very temped soundtrack, only that explains why the score is so generic. I wonder which movies music scenes producer-director used to make lorne do this. <br><br>Track 8 - is Tron legacy (dont know maybe he worked on it, powell was involved maybe he was too)

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Label: Milan Records
Length: 42'50 (Score: 30'00) rating:        4/5
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  1. Set Me In Motion - Bruce Hornsby (5:20)
  2. Fighting 17th (4:26)
  3. Brothers (3:32)
  4. The Arsonist's Waltz (1:58)
  5. 335 (3:02)
  6. Burn It All (5:19)
  7. You Go‚ We Go (5:11)
  8. Fahrenheit 451 (2:59)
  9. Show Me Your Firetruck (3:31)
  10. The Show Must Go On - Bruce Hornsby (7:32)
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Dimitris Krommidas reply Replies: 0 || 2015-08-27 17:04:42
Classic. Glad to have this too.

Mike reply Replies: 0 || 2013-03-01 09:32:24
Interesting…Shirley Walker orchestrated a Hans Zimmer score, and Hans Zimmer was a musician for a Shirley Walker score, and BOTH have composed a Batman score. :P

Small world.

D A R T H reply Replies: 2 || 2013-01-27 14:29:16
i a have a new version : score 22 tracks (01:07:55) + source musics

01. Chicago 1971
02. Main Titles
03. 17Th
04. Investigating
05. Late For Work
06. Mannequin Fire
07. Approaching Fire
08. The Fire's Story
09. Show Me Your Firetruck
10. Love & Danger
11. Man Down
12. Brothers Fight
13. Fire Is A Living Thing
14. I Really Miss You
15. Torn Apart
16. The Arsonist's Attack
17. The Fire Looked At You
18. The Arsonist Unveiled
19. You Go, We Go
20. Funeral
21. Epilogue
22. Main Titles (Remix)
23. Hans Zimmer - Hans Zimmer Interview (Bonus Track)
24. Bruce Hornsby, The Range ''Set Me In Motion''
25. Bruce Hornsby, The Range ''The Show Goes On''
26. Los Lobos ''I Walk Alone''
27. The Smithereens ''A Girl Like You''
28. Cream ''Sunshine of Your Love''
28. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ''(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave''
29. Edwin Starr ''War''

(4 source musics are still missing)

Magnus Rex2013-01-27 21:17:49
Useless, really.

fabien2013-01-28 17:34:33
Hell Yes !

FlorianSteinfurtNews reply Replies: 1 || 2012-02-04 00:14:57
Sehr geehrter Herr Zimmer,

ich und mein Kumpel vom YouTube-Kanal FlorianSteinfurtNews werden zur Mitte des Jahres 2012 hin einen Film anlässlich des Jubiläums der örtlichen Feuerwehr produzieren.
Dürfen wir das Lied "Show me your firetruck" in der Audiospur des Filmes verwenden?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
L. Bienbeck

Phil2012-05-05 22:43:03
ich denke nicht, dass Hans Zimmer das hier zu lesen bekommt! ;)
bin mir zwar nicht sicher, aber ich denke du solltest direkt an den Administrator eine Mail schicken? ;)
nur ein Tipp

Anonymous reply Replies: 5 || 2012-03-10 21:41:38
00:28 to 00:35 in track 5 sounds like gladiator.

iPhil2012-03-11 07:42:07
that's true!
sounds like Honor Him!

tomPoland2012-03-12 09:14:02
Glaiator sounds like Backdraft, don't you think? 1991 and 2000...

Anonymous2012-03-12 15:58:49
Glaiator? I don't know if there is a movie called glaiator, don't you know?

Mycroft2012-03-12 17:19:06
Oh boy: everyone has stooped so low on this site that there are now grammar Nazis? How pathetic. What a dick.

Anonymous2012-03-14 10:02:36
But it's worth an answer...

Aggelos reply Replies: 0 || 2010-07-23 00:00:00
Leonidas Leonardi FTW!!!!

Lou reply Replies: 0 || 2010-01-03 00:00:00
Agree, Zimmers best piece is this one ! !!! i mean he can make your hart pull out of your chest!!!!!!
i woluld really love to see him live!

DannySwede reply Replies: 0 || 2008-09-28 00:00:00
This is absolutely Zimmers best piece...the mood , the feel the emotions...PERFECT

Graham reply Replies: 0 || 2008-09-13 00:00:00
After just listening to Backdraft soundtrack in a long time. I am still grasped by the amount of emotion there is in this score. My two favourite composers are Hans Zimmer And James Horner. Both when give a good script can perform above and beyond. Where have the massive themes and romance gone out of movies today.

Mikel S.i.W (from Spain) reply Replies: 0 || 2008-02-04 00:00:00
Hans, you are the best. Ypur score for BACDRAFT is a piece of History. Thanks MAESTRO. 10/10

Eric Gabriel reply Replies: 0 || 2007-11-11 00:00:00
Im fann of your music... just extreme... Backdraft... ufff. no words... keep going.. exelent work.

batman5 reply Replies: 0 || 2007-04-18 00:00:00
i love show me your fire truck. you do an excellent job of always picking the right melodies and finding the flow between the low brass and it. you are the best composer ever

Gabe reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-14 00:00:00
Simply the Best Score of our time! The greatest work in film music!

Türk reply Replies: 0 || 2006-07-15 00:00:00
thank you very much
for every music you made!

Adam reply Replies: 0 || 2005-12-16 00:00:00
I have listened to this soundtrack countless times. It can really get you going. I've pumped it in my truck (pickup not semi) on long trips by myself. It sounds great with 3 big 12"-- subs pounding the lows and getting the full effect of the cd....

Laq reply Replies: 0 || 2005-10-28 00:00:00
Best soundtrack ever. "--You Go, We Go"-- is my absolute favorite from Zimmer. I suggest everyone to get your hands to this awesome soundtrack. Just beautiful. Movie was really great too --]

Paulette reply Replies: 0 || 2005-03-13 00:00:00
I've always been a big fan. This is one of my favorite soundtracks and its what really got me looking into all the other stuff he has done.© 2001-2017 OST 
Backdraft soundtrack - Hans Zimmer 1991